Sunday, November 19, 2017

Finding time for Family

I've been really struggling lately..... there has just been so much going on....balancing two full time jobs, two kids and our busy schedule have left me worn out..... I literally got sick last week I think from all of the stuff that has been "weighing" on me.  As I type this blog, my dog decided to pee on our guest bed..... he hasn't had an accident indoors in about 7 years so I don't know what is going on but at 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday night, I have had to strip a bed that didn't need stripped and I am in the process of washing everything.  I know we are very blessed and I have many things to be thankful for especially at this time of year... but I am just overwhelmed and tired and still feeling sick.  With my mysterious sickness, I lost my voice... cough like crazy.... have a sore throat, feel very tired.... have a major, constant headache.... right now I can't turn my neck to the left... and I just feel achy all over.  I can tell I am sick because I had to turn down the one run I can get in for the week with  my sister because I knew I needed to rest.  Due to the recent "ailment", it has forced me to start saying "no" to things I would really like to do but know I need to just focus on my family instead.... and so that is what this blog post is all about.  I am discovering that my little family of four (or five when I am no longer mad at my dog!) needs me more than the other "stuff" I had to say "no" to or the things I will need to say "no" to in the future.  I feel like our little unit is struggling from the constant "go" of our schedule and mommy's constant feeling that we should be on the go.  I am feeling that I need to make them more of a priority and show this in my actions... not just in my thoughts.  So this blog post is a way to try to challenge me to do just that... so if you are reading this ..... please pray I can focus on my little family of four (or five when I am no longer mad at my dog!;))  Here are some pictures from our week when we tried to fit in some family time.

Grammy gave us a date night to see the new Thor movie and we got to go for a 3 mile run the following morning since the boys spent the night at their house!  Fortunately, this all happened before I got sick! :)
 When we picked the boys up after our run, Zander wanted to wear my "turtle" that I use to keep my neck and face warm during a very cold morning!
 When Burke is not getting in trouble, I love snuggling with him after the boys are in bed!
 Zander is successfully writing his name all by himself! He needed no reminder on the order of the letters and he even kept it on the line!
 Zander has been getting into some trouble at preschool.  He had his first office referral this week (another reason I need to focus on spending more time with my boys!)  He had a temper tantrum during chapel and was very disruptive to everyone's worship.  I have no idea what is going on with our oldest... part of it I think is the age and the gender but his behavior was unacceptable, nonetheless, so he had to go to timeout while Maddox and I played after school.  I told him he had to sit on his bed and not touch anything!  I would like to say his behavior miraculously changed the next day but he had a few days of "sad faces" which means he is still having a hard time in a few areas:  not keeping his hands to himself, not listening when the teacher is talking, and getting very upset when he gets in trouble.  Any suggestions on what we should do next would be greatly appreciated!  We have taken "tv time", given spankings and other consequences already.  I do like that the teacher says it is not a defiance concern... more a self control issue... but how do you help a four year old better understand self control and patience?!
 We went to my grandparents' Thanksgiving dinner this past week... my favorite part was getting to sing Christmas songs with both boys on my lap! I wish these moments lasted a lot longer!

 Trying to find some time for our family to do something fun, we went to the science center yesterday to check out their new dinosaur exhibit and meet up with some friends, the Whites.  I still couldn't really talk and didn't feel 100% but I figured mommy doesn't really get a sick day so it might be easier entertaining the kids at the science center rather than at home! The boys loved the change of scenery!

 Today we put up our Christmas tree.  We have a pretty busy week coming up and I like having the tree up around Thanksgiving so we went ahead and put up the tree today!  Zack was a trooper putting the tree together and the boys helped me put on the ornaments!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Emmy turns one!

I can’t believe our little girl is one today! It seems like just yesterday I was at the hospital...waiting to hear if I was going to have a niece or a nephew.... waiting until the wee hours of the morning to meet our newest family member and then rushing back home to get two hours of sleep and nurse my own little one before heading to work for the day. How has it already been a year?! Emmy, my boys and I love you very much and enjoy all the time we get to spend together! Zander and Maddox love sharing toys with you and I love your cuddles and how you wave bye bye when I’m leaving. I look forward to watching you grow up... getting to take you shopping for the new outfit you want.... joining your mom and you when you look for that perfect prom dress and one day... the perfect wedding gown! I’m so thankful you joined our family on this day one year ago and can’t wait to see what you will do this upcoming year! You are so lucky to have a mommy and daddy that love you so much! Can’t wait to celebrate with you later today! I am including some pictures from Emmy’s birthday party and some pictures of her cousins who I think have simply grown overnight.... when did they become such big boys?! Time needs to slow down just a bit!;)

Today is also our pup's birthday!! Happy 8th birthday, Burke! Thank you for putting up with our crazy crew! :)  He waited so patiently for his puppy sample of frozen yogurt! ;)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

We had the best Halloween this year.... this was the first year that Maddox could actually trick or treat and we had some friends over so the boys went trick or treating while the girls handed out candy at our house.  This was the first year we attempted a family themed costume..... we went as the Fantastic Four.  This was Zack's idea and we made it happen!  Zack was Mr. Fantastic.... I was Sue Storm... Zander was the Human Torch.... and Maddox was the Thing.  Zack is a huge Marvel comic fan so I am not surprised that he would suggest a theme like this for our MARVELous family.... get it?! ;)  I will say it was fun dressing up as a family but I don't know if this will be a yearly thing.  I always have more fun watching the kids in their costumes.... especially when they can pick out what they want to be.  So I guess stay tuned for next year! haha  The weather has been crazy around here.  The night of our church's fall festival it was freezing and windy.  Halloween night was pretty mild in the 60s and today I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt while I played in the backyard with the kids after school.  We had fun in all types of weather this week!

 We got to meet up and see Great Grandpa and Great Grandma from Florida before our fall festival and even got to see our sweet niece, Emmy, dressed up for Halloween!

We didn't stay at our fall festival long.... we shot some hoops, ate some food, went on a hayride and looked at a race car and fire truck.  (It was just so cold and windy!)

 Zander wanted to try on my wig! haha
 The boys before trick or treating on Halloween night.....
 Our pumpkin!
Maddox has been sick this week (probably with all the weather changes).  He had a 101 fever and a runny nose and terrible cough.  He was rather fussy for the majority of the week (its no fun being sick!) so I did enjoy an evening where both boys cuddled with me before bedtime!

Zander was a cowboy one day at school this week!  He had so much fun dressing as Woody for the cowboy-themed day!

I love that the boys can have fun together in the backyard.... even if it simply includes blowing bubbles and "smacking" them with a golf club that broke! haha
 Also.... I officially hate the bathroom!!!  Zander has such a hard time pooping (we are starting MiraLAX tomorrow) and Maddox is in the VERY beginning stages of learning what it means to go on the potty..... this is a cute picture but still this whole potty thing stresses me out!
 We were able to celebrate my grandma's 80th birthday last weekend.  It was so special being able to go out to eat and celebrate such a special person to all of us!